EBR grand jury indicts man in two Tigerland rapes

A 22-year-old Baton Rouge man accused of raping two women that he allegedly picked up a year apart in the Tigerland area was indicted Wednesday by an East Baton Rouge Parish grand jury.

DNA results from the State Police Crime Lab linked Isai Efrain Garcia-Vasquez to both rapes, police have said.

Garcia-Vasquez has admitted to the June rape but denied the July 2013 rape, police said.

His bail remains at $100,000.

In the June 8 incident, Garcia-Vasquez offered to give a woman walking on East Boyd Drive a ride home, an affidavit of probable cause states. Instead of bringing her home, he drove her to a BREC park on River Road where she pleaded for him to take her home.

The affidavit does not say which BREC park he took her to, but the only BREC park on River Road is the Farr Park Equestrian Center at 6402 River Road.

After he threatened to kill her, she jumped out of the car, trying to escape, the affidavit says. But Garcia-Vasquez dragged her back to the side of the car, where he forced her onto the ground and raped her as she screamed for him to stop, police said.

Garcia-Vasquez was indicted on counts of forcible rape and second-degree kidnapping in that incident.

The grand jury also charged him with forcible rape in the July 8, 2013, incident involving a woman who went to Reggie’s Bar and blacked out after drinking too much.

Later, she got into a car with three men for a ride home, but suspected something was wrong when the driver did not turn toward her sister’s home while crossing Bluebonnet Boulevard, records indicate. The victim called her sister and father while in the car, and one of the men in the car spoke with the victim’s sister on the victim’s phone.

Eventually, the men stopped the car on La. 75 in St. Gabriel near the Mississippi River levee, where a back-seat passenger dragged her out of the car and raped her on a grassy area by the road.

She was found the next morning by a passerby, who later gave police a description of the vehicle seen leaving the area where the victim was discovered.

Court documents show that a blue Honda caught on traffic camera footage during the 2013 rape was similar in shape, size and color to the 1993 blue Honda Civic that Garcia-Vasquez was driving when he was arrested June 13.

Baton Rouge police stopped Garcia-Vasquez that day in the 4000 block of Perkins Road near LSU after seeing him drive back and forth several times in front of the bar where the victim in the June 8 rape had been kidnapped, another affidavit of probable cause says. The officer recognized the Honda as one matching the description of the car used in the 2013 rape and pulled it over after seeing a broken tail light.

During the stop, police found condoms similar to the ones found from the June 8 rape. Garcia-Vasquez told police he was going to buy a pack of cigarettes, the affidavit says.

Garcia-Vasquez, 450 Cloud Drive, Apt. 85, is originally from Pinotepa Nacional, Oaxaca, Mexico.

Forcible rape and second-degree kidnapping both carry prison terms ranging from five to 40 years.

His case has been assigned to state District Judge Lou Daniel.